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Residents in Ticonderoga question sewer upgrades

TICONDEROGA — Portions of Ticonderoga’s sewer infrastructure will receive an upgrade this summer, but some residents are worried it won’t be enough to solve existing problems.

The project will include the placement of 1200 feet of sanitary sewer and 1200 feet of storm sewer pipes along Wayne Ave. and Saint Claire St., an area of special concern to Thomas Porter and his son, Shaine, who owns property there.

The reason for their concern, the Porters said, is simple: every time there is heavy rain, like the deluge that sparked flooding in the region last spring, the manhole on the property overflows.

Since the antiquated sewage system in Ticonderoga is combined, meaning the pipes carry both storm water and sewage water, the aqueous overflow usually contains more than water.

Thomas said he has been complaining to the town board for 30 years, and the problem has yet to be rectified, so when he transferred the property to his son, Shaine, in 2006, he inherited the problem.

“Between the 1970s and the 2000s, we have been fighting with the town about this manhole,” Shaine said. “This is 2012. This should not be happening.”

Toilet paper dangling from tree branches like holiday garland is enough to raise anyone’s eyebrows, but Shaine said that isn’t even his greatest concern.

The property he owns is just down sewer from Moses Ludington Hospital, and he worries about what the sewage overflow might be bringing with it.

He also said that a new senior housing development that is being built on the hospital grounds, which will bring in 31 new units, will only make matters worse if the problem isn’t fixed properly.

“To be clear, I am very appreciative of the work they (the town board) are doing,” said Shaine. “They’ve definitely taken action in an area that’s been a problem for a long time, but extra care needs to be taken.”

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